Place to stay close to a breaking spot in OC
Ok I am trying to plan on going to OC to do some surfing before the COLD comes through, but seeing some talk how beach restoration has killed most of the sand bars (what happened cause I was there in the early 90's and ya all had some nice sand bar breaks going on) so that sounds like I wouldn't get much of a line to ride. So where is it breaking decently now a days?? From what I see on the cams looks to be nothin but shore break
I guess I'll be a bit kooky trying to get back the lost basics and besides that I used to be a heavy smoker (yeah both types) and that took most of my wind away and became short winded on my last trip to Costa Rica so the smoking was taking its toll to paddle and getting held under meant close to downing, so I've finally quit after many years and starting to get my wind back so now I think I can handle it again.
Definitely do not want head-overhead conditions to fart around with, but more less waist-chest fun stuff. I need a hotel 100-150 close to a breaking surf spot (preferably within walking distance of it) If surfing beaches are still in effect then I'm going to need a place near there as I'm looking to surf as much as I can for the few days I'll be there. Then I need a shop that allows the rental of a decent short board to use. I know how shops are about renting and most have thick crap boards that are the rentals and I do not want to hunt allover town for a decent board to be able to use.
So if anyone can suggest where to surf/stay/shop I would appreciate any info. I know how the rules work so not by any means coming to be "another kook" who knows nothing and not to drop in on others, although I'm gonna look like a kook trying to get that experience I had back. Thanks for any help. Laters